Special Backpack Issue – 2010 Fall Conference

Save the Date: CPS Brings Diane Ravitch to Town December 1!

by Lisa Guisbond

The Backpack / Special 2010 Fall Conference Edition

In this issue:

* Diane Ravitch to Speak at BC Law on Dec. 1

* CPS Conference Unites and Inspires Those Fighting for Public Education

* Countering the Attacks on Public Education

* Seen and Heard at CPS Fall Conference

* Workshop Participants Tackled Public Ed’s Big Challenges

Welcome to our special 2010 Fall Conference edition of the Backpack. The articles within try to give a sense, in words and the beautiful photographs of Larry Aaronson, of the energy and commitment demonstrated by organizers, speakers and participants in the daylong event at Bunker Hill Community College on Saturday, October 16. If you were there, we hope these articles will revive the enthusiasm of the day. If not, perhaps they’ll encourage you to make sure you don’t miss next year’s conference, or any of our upcoming events.

Our next event, on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, promises to be a very special one. We are honored and excited to bring Diane  Ravitch, whose recent book The Death and Life of the Great American School System, has gotten people talking and acting to change the direction of school policy. Whether or not you’ve read the book, or Diane’s many trenchant articles and blog posts in recent months, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to hear and meet the author on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at Boston College Law School. CPS is pleased to be co-sponsoring the event with Boston College’s Lynch School of Education.

Again, we welcome feedback and ideas from our readers. And don’t forget to pass the Backpack along to your friends and family.

Note: Unless otherwise noted, all articles represent the opinion of the author and not necessarily that of the organization.


Lisa Guisbond and Jackie King are co-editors of The Backpack and CPS Board Members. Thanks to the outstanding contributions of Backpack editorial committee–Paul Dunphy, Jonathan King, and Ann O’Halloran–and to CPS Executive Director Marilyn Segal.